In the United States television industry, a showrunner is a person who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a television seriesalthough traditionally such persons were credited as executive producers. The term is also occasionally applied to people in the television industries of other countries. The showrunner is at the opposite end of the staff hierarchy from runners, who are the most junior members of the production team, although showrunners are sometimes (often humorously) called runners for short. A showrunner’s duties often combine those traditionally assigned to the writer, executive producer and script editor. Unlike films, where directors are in creative control of a production, in episodic television, the showrunner outranks the director.